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Stewart Milne Homes has donated £1,600 to five foodbanks located in some of its key north-east developments.
The award-winning, independent housebuilder has partnered with a range of local stores and charity groups to support members of local communities who have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis, helping to tackle food poverty and hunger across Aberdeen city and shire and Tayside.
The company chose to give something back to those in and around the communities in which they have major developments. These include Countesswells in Aberdeen, Monarch’s Rise in Arbroath and Ballumbie Rise in Dundee.
Neil Thomson, deputy managing director, Stewart Milne Homes Scotland said: “The pandemic and its subsequent lockdown and restrictions have hit individuals and families hard across Scotland. With the festive season being a time for giving, we wanted to help those in areas where we are building. Proud of our approach to creating new communities with a real sense of place, we are keen to help foster community spirit and helping those in need is one of the best ways to illustrate that.
“With food banks experiencing unprecedented demand, we are pleased to support the vital service they provide. No one should be going hungry at any time of year, but particularly at Christmas.”
Teaming up with local stores: Keystore in Cults, Charles McHardy in Stonehaven and Kim & Simon of Kimmies in Alford as well as additional donations from residents of Countesswells, and a matched donation of £200 worth of goods from Kim & Simon of Kimmies in Alford; Stewart Milne Homes placed food orders which were then distributed to Aberdeen city and shire charities, Somebody Cares, Catalyst Transform Food Bank in Stonehaven and Alford Community Food Store. This will then be used to provide emergency food parcels to people in need in the run-up to Christmas.
Donations have also been made to the Dundee and Arbroath Food Bank, which are both operated by The Trussell Trust.
Foodbanks across Scotland and the UK rely on continual donations of food or financial support from companies or individuals within their local communities in order to deliver the service on an ongoing basis. Donations enable the charity groups to purchase additional food parcels and further ease the pressure on some of the vulnerable this Christmas.